The National Year of Reading- April is ‘Feel’

Aron Ralston,who survived a rock climbing accident by amputating his own arm.


This month’s National Year of Reading theme is Feel. This theme can be interpreted in so many ways, but here at Nowra Library, we’re taking ‘Feel’ to a whole new level by focusing on Courage & Valour- the extremes of physical and emotional experience. This month is a great time to read other’s people’s stories of survival, courage and determination, whether they climbed a mountain, survived against overwhelming odds or lived through war. Let’s feel this April.








Here’s some ideas to get you started….                                   

Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston
Three Day Road
by Joseph Boyden
Tower Stories
by Damon DiMarco
The Perfect Storm
by Sebastian Junger
Our Darkest Days
by Patrick Lindsay
First lady
by Kay Cottee
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer 
by David E. Cameron
Miracle in the Andes
by Nando Parrado
Paths of Glory
by Jeffrey Archer
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque
The Wildest Dream
by Peter Gillman
Touching the Void by Joe Simpson
Sahara: A Journey of Love, Loss and Survival by Paula Constant

        Happy Reading!!!




5 thoughts on “The National Year of Reading- April is ‘Feel’

  1. Now inspired to read the book : “Touching the void” after being completely spellbound by the documentary. A cautionary tale of mountain climbing gone horribly wrong! Such an amazing feat of human spirit over-coming unimaginable odds in the most hostile of situations.

    • Yes, the documentary is fantastic. Whenever I think of it, I hear Boney M’s ‘Brown Girl in the Ring’ in my head. What that poor guy went through!

  2. An interesting take on the NY12 theme of “feel”, but it’s a pity your list has only one book by a woman. On blog recently photojournalist Christine Osborne reviewed a book by Australian writer Paula Constant about her epic walk across the Sahara. Called Sahara: A Journey of Love, Loss and Survival, it would fit in well with your other suggestions here.

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